HVAC service technician is not the only career you can start after heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) training. In fact, there are a variety of career paths you can take from there. Let's look at a few.
HVAC Duct Mechanic
Duct mechanics fabricate custom air duct systems using knowledge of HVAC, codes, and sheet metals. Besides a comprehensive understanding of HVAC systems, you'll definitely need a knowledge of sheet metals to excel at this job.
HVAC Sales Rep or Consultant
Using your in-depth knowledge of HVAC may help you thrive as an HVAC sales representative or sales consultant. Sales representatives or consultants are the primary point of contact for both potential and current clients interested in purchasing HVAC equipment. An HVAC sales rep needs exceptional communication and organizational skills.
You generally need 3-5 years of HVAC field experience as foreman before becoming a superintendent. HVAC superintendents assist in the management and organization of an HVAC construction project. The job is normally both managerial and hands-on. You need to be able to supervise subcontractors and perform all the other functions of working as an HVAC tech as needed.
HVAC Project Manager
HVAC project managers direct activity of on-site superintendents. They direct heating and air conditioning projects in commercial and residential settings. Project managers establish objectives and policies, along with communicating clearly with customers. They also manage scope, the schedule, and the budget of different projects.
Having at least five years of experience in HVAC is normally required. In addition, many employers also look for someone who has some business administration training, as well. A bachelor's degree is generally not required, but having one may increase your opportunities toward high-paying positions.
To become an HVAC engineer, you will need to continue your education after earning your associate degree in HVAC by completing a four-year engineering degree.
Some people become technicians, then continue taking classes at night or on weekends to complete the required school work. To be an HVAC engineer, being good at math is a requirement (as engineers use math everyday).
Summing it Up
With an average annual pay of $57,460 in 2022 and the top 10% making $82,630 or more (bls.gov), a career as an HVAC technician is a great choice. But, being an HVAC technician can also be a good stepping stone to an even higher paying role.
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